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A Contenders Confidential: Panini America Unveils 2015 Contenders Football RCs

September 11, 2015

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For many of the most dedicated football card collectors on the planet, this glorious opening weekend of the 2015 NFL season is a time you’ve been eagerly anticipating for months. It’s a weekend that, in hindsight, might be remembered as something of Christmas in September. It’s the time, after all, that we unveil the new Rookie Card designs for Panini America’s 2015 Contenders Football.

One of the most important and revered football brands in NFL trading card history turns 23 this season, carrying with it another splendid rendition of the landmark Rookie Ticket design, more of those coveted photo variations and a plethora of parallels.

One of the most pressing questions regarding any new Contenders Rookie Ticket design is a simple one: Vertical or horizontal? In the decorated 17-year history of Contenders’ autographed Rookie Tickets, the cards have sported a vertically oriented design 13 times, with just 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2011 featuring a horizontal design.

(Speaking of rookie tickets, the one to have this weekend is the one that lets you watch Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans battle Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For 2015, Panini America keeps with the brand’s vertical-format roots on cards that boast crisp action photography, an unmistakable “Ticket” design and subtle foil touches. The ballyhooed Holofoil, Cracked Ice and Championship Ticket parallels return in full force, too. 2015 Contenders Football also includes a new-look Rookie Ink layout.

Without further ado, then, we present your first extended look at the 2015 Contenders Football Rookie Ticket designs. Most of what you’re about to see is unsigned at this point; just know that most of the cards below have already been carefully packaged and are on their way to the biggest rookies in the game for on-card autographs.

Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of 2015 Contenders Football.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. patsfb permalink
    September 11, 2015 2:16 pm

    Very nice!

  2. Mike Pereira permalink
    September 11, 2015 10:33 pm

    Usually I’ve been very disappointed in either the over priced tag on items or the boring design. But with 2015 Contenders everything looks good so far. I’m just waiting for Panini to drop the ball with some dumb issue or bad choice.

  3. September 12, 2015 11:36 am

    Great new designs. I especially like the NEW Cracked Ice design.

  4. Nick Gauder permalink
    September 12, 2015 2:16 pm

    I absolutely love the 2015 rookie design! I love how you fade to white where the signature goes! I think you guys should do that more often. You guys keep up the great work and keep the pics coming!

    • Mike Pereira permalink
      September 13, 2015 12:03 am

      Thought that that fade was a great call. Just hope someone at Panini tells these guys if they’re taking the money then they have to really sign there names. Enough with the lazy initial autos or chicken scratch. Nothing worse than a lazy auto to ruin a card.

  5. September 13, 2015 8:08 am

    Some slick designs for the new Contenders, looking forward to seeing some nice on card signatures live in product soon. Thanks Tracy!


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